VANDALS who slashed the tyres of 20 cars on an estate have been branded “mindless” by angry residents.
Yobs took to the streets in the Harraton area of Washington to carry out the damage.
Cars parked in Firtree Avenue, Hawthorn Crescent, Cedar Terrace, Rowan Avenue and Pinewood Avenue were targeted.
A man has been arrested as police continue to appeal for information over the spree.
It follows a spate of similar crimes the previous weekend across Washington.
Cars with their tyres slashed included a 4x4 Kia Sorrento, a Vauxhall Corsa and a Ford Mondeo.
A married couple who live in Rowan Avenue spoke of their shock.
“It’s just mindless damage,” said the woman, 59. “Our car wasn’t affected because we had it parked in the garage and I’m glad that’s where we keep it.”
Her husband, 66, said: “The lad with the 4x4 has just had new tyres put on recently and that cost him £280.
“I know he’s had it scratched as well not long ago.
“There’s a shortcut from this street to Princess Anne Park so whoever did this might have ran off towards there.”
Acting Neighbourhood Inspector Wayne Sinclair said: “We believe these offences have taken place between Sunday evening and the early hours of Monday morning. We want to speak to anyone who may have witnessed anything or has any information either third hand from family, friends or social media.
“These are mindless crimes and have a great impact on people’s lives in terms of disruption and financial implications.
“We have extra officers in the areas carrying out enquiries and providing reassurance to the public and they are following all lines of inquiries.
“All efforts are being made to bring those responsible to justice.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference number 545 12/01/15, or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.